Dallas Stars, represented by Finnish hockey players, has been diagnosed with several coronavirus infections less than a week before the start of the NHL season, the NHL announced on Friday.

Six players and two team backgrounds have received a positive corona test result.

Those infected have been isolated from the rest of the team according to the league protocol.

Those infected were not named.

Four Finns are hockey in Dallas, which advanced to the Stanley Cup finals last season: Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell, Roope Hintz and Joel Kiviranta.

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The Dallas rehearsal facilities were closed immediately after the corona news and will remain on hold until exposures and possible follow-on infections are identified.

The NHL said in a statement that the start of the Dallas season is delayed.

It will start games no earlier than January 19th.

The team was scheduled to start its season on January 15 with an away match against the Florida Panthers